Walter Cole was a student of the Academie Julian and also of the Art Students League of New York under the teaching of modern artist Walter Kuhn. Cole lived and worked in New England and Florida; he was a winter resident of Saint Augustine.
His style of painting was Realism/Representational; his subjects were marine and military in nature, in addition to portraiture. Cole’s works have been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, the American Watercolor Society, the National Academy and the Institute of Graphic Arts.
The community venues that exhibited Cole’s paintings were the Saint Augustine Art Association and the then-popular gallery, The Brush and Palette. This particular image of shrimp boats is quintessential North Florida. In the tradition of Realism, the subject matter is taken from the scenes and events of everyday life.
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